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90210 + Freaks and Geeks: A Match Made in Heaven?

At first glance, Freaks and Geeks and 90210 wouldn't appear to have a lot in common. One was a hyper-realistic drama that told quiet stories about high school life and was canceled after a handful of episodes. The other was a massively popular soap that looked at teenage years through a glamorous lens.

But Freaks and this Fall's bright, shiny reboot of 90210 share one big thing: their writers. Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah made a splash on Freaks and created the little-seen (but much loved, at least by me) Life as We Know It for ABC. Now, at the helm of one of this Fall's most highly anticipated shows, the two are looking to reinvent the teen show yet again.

At the TCA press tour, Sachs and Judah talked about what compelled them to take on the project and how they'll try to keep this round of Beverly Hills stories grounded in reality. Can they pull it off? I'm now more excited than ever to see them try. To see what they had to say about how they plan to meld their style with the CW's fast-paced glam, just


How do two Freaks and Geeks guys end up at the helm of a majorly promoted show that, if it does well, could possibly get credit for saving an entire network? Did they have to change their style to fit in? "Somebody had to adapt," quipped Rob Estes, who plays Beverly Hills High principal Harry Wilson. "But I don't think it was them."

Nobody was more concerned about the adjustment than Sachs and Judah themselves. Sachs (pictured at right) said the two of them spent a long time talking about whether they could pull off the project, but in the end, they just wanted to go for it. "Our writing's not going to change," Sachs said. "This is how we write, and this is how we create stories."

Sure, some of the characters might seem over-the-top at first, but Sachs and Judah, who also previously worked on What About Brian, want us to learn why, by meeting their parents and learning about their values. "We're trying to put as much — we've said it a thousand times — reality into it [as possible]," Sachs said.

And we can expect some serious awkwardness mixed in with all the glitz. "We shot something the other day — it's just a tiny, one-second line, but it's one of many Freaks and Geeks lines that we're trying to put in," Judah said. "There are moments in this show that would have fit in Freaks and Geeks."

Do you think it can work? Are you excited to see where two guys from the Judd Apatow universe can take the 90210 franchise? Or does that just seem like an unholy union?

Photos courtesy of The CW and Source

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bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I was never really into 90210 mostly because it really wasn't a show about my experience and I couldn't relate to it all that much. Plus it seemed that world was much more suited for Saturday Morning and Saved by the Bell. I think I will at least watch the first episode of the new 90210 just to see if the writing can really chage the essence of what the show is about.
nancita nancita 8 years
I'm definitely curious to see what they come up with. I mean, I can't help but have fond memories of 90210; it was campy in the best way. If they could combine that campy decadence with the realism of Freaks and Geeks, it might make for a very entertaining combo.
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
I also loved and watched Freaks & Geeks. I say Hurray! I'm getting more and more intrigued with this new 90210 show every week... I hope it delivers!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I really enjoyed Life as We Know It. I can't make up my mind about 90210, but I really did enjoy reading about Sachs and Judah's take on the new show. Thanks, Buzz!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I agree with you guys — dramedy is probably most fair. :)
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
I forgot all about Life as We Know it. Hopefully these writers track record will continue down the same stellar path, although I must admit that the previews and press make me a bit nervous.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 8 years
Freaks and Geeks was a dramedy. That's the best category it can be placed in. I did watch Life as We Know It, mostly because Sean Faris was in it. I liked it for the most part, but I didn't get as into it as much as I wanted. I'm still on the edge with the new 90210. I want it to be great, but then again I have to face reality and know that it probably will never be as good as the original.
longhornlass04 longhornlass04 8 years
I wouldn't really categorize Freaks as a drama. Yeah it had it's moments, but i can't think of any of the serious scenes not ending with a punchline.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that there's a lot to be said about shows like freaks and 'life as we know it'. they both remind of of My So Called Life - and how there was such a cult following, yet the networks didn't have as much faith. there were so many people who didn't want to see my so called end...but it did...and the same went for the other 2 shows. i kind of hope that the new incarnation of 90210 is better than it looks - but based on the preview thing that they run on TV all the time, i'm just not that into it (remind you of a book?) yet i think that i'll force myself to be punished for at least an episode to see what they come up with.
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